Senior Engineer

Company: Metro Vancouver
Location: Burnaby, British Columbia

Reporting to the Director of Policy, Planning and Analysis, this position will be primarily responsible for drinking water supply planning and related policy development for the Policy, Planning and Analysis Division of the Water Services Department.

Works with engineering staff and consultants and liaises with other Water Services Divisions (e.g., Operations & Maintenance and Engineering & Construction), other Departments (e.g., Planning & Environment) and external contacts, including member municipalities and regulatory agencies to develop plans and policies for supplying water to a growing region. Leads implementation of the policy and planning components of the existing Drinking Water Management Plan, including water conservation initiatives, and updating of the plan when appropriate. Leads implementation of the key components of the Joint Water Use Plan for the Capilano and Seymour watersheds. Works with regulatory agencies and stakeholders on water licensing and/or water rights processes, such as securing additional water supply from the Coquitlam source as defined in the Coquitlam Water Use Plan.

This Role:

  • Works as a technical/specialist resource and provides leadership for specialized and/or complex engineering, project management, and technical work related to a broad range of policy and planning initiatives in the Water Services Department.
  • Responsible for budget administration, preparation, and reporting. Monitors and controls spending ensuring the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds. Contributes to the preparation of long range financial plans and provides input to strategic initiatives.
  • Provides interpretation and guidance on technical issues, corporate policies, and project management. Ensures work is undertaken in conformance with corporate standards and policies and acts as technical resource to staff throughout the organization in area of specialty. Makes independent decisions and recommendations within broad policies and mandates. Uses judgment and ingenuity to devise practical and economical solutions to problems.
  • Develops or provides input to technical standards, policies, and procedures in accordance with corporate objectives. Considers all relevant information such as applicable design codes, specifications, and previous experience.
  • Makes decisions and/or recommendations on hiring engineering and technical consultants based on workload, costing, scheduling, expertise, and other factors. Manages the procurement of consulting services for planning studies and project feasibility designs. Acts as Metro Vancouver’s appointed representative in assigned matters of project and contract obligations, including project initiatives and determination of regulatory requirements. May be required to negotiate significant technical or financial interests on behalf of Metro Vancouver.
  • Ensures work is undertaken in conformance with corporate standards and policies, and meets the requirements of the project.
  • Prepares and reviews a range of written materials including reports, recommendations, technical memoranda, and technical specifications. May deliver presentations for various audiences, including elected officials and the public as required.
  • May supervise or manage a small team of professional and/or technical staff engaged in complex technical applications. Monitors performance towards division, department, and corporate objectives and ensures staff adhere to workplace conduct and purchasing policies.
  • Works collaboratively with staff to resolve complex technical or relational issues staff encounter while doing their work. Facilitates information sharing among staff to transfer knowledge and experience and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the team.
  • Establishes effective working relationships with various outside agencies as well as other internal departments. Works collaboratively with departmental staff to deliver on strategic initiatives.
  • May collaborate with senior engineers, management, and/or government officials in the development of regulatory or government policy initiatives which affect Metro Vancouver.
  • Upholds Metro Vancouver’s reputation through positive and forthright dealings with other organizations, members of the public, and external stakeholders. Understands the organizational culture and the processes/mechanisms necessary to attain work objectives. May provide advice, recommendations, and follow up to the Metro Vancouver board, committees, and municipal councils.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

To be successful, you have:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science degree in a relevant engineering discipline. 8–10 years of recent related experience following professional registration; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Membership or eligibility for immediate membership as a registered professional engineer (P.Eng.) with the Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia.
  • Extensive technical expertise and understanding of relevant engineering principles and their application to planning and policy issues in a regional/municipal drinking water utility.  Ability to interpret, apply, and advise others on engineering and related guidelines related to water resource management, water policy, water rights, and drinking water supply, such as provincial legislation and regulations, technical manuals, codes and regulations, contracting policies, safety regulations, and corporate and board policies. Ability to adapt or adjust guidelines and procedures for unique or problem situations.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, including sound report writing and presentation skills. Ability to communicate complex information and implications to diverse audiences. Ability to explain difficult concepts and persuade others to adopt a point of view or way of doing things.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts. Skill in dealing openly, tactfully, and sensitively in a variety of situations including dealings with the public, member municipalities, government agencies, and contractors. Ability to effectively lead project work and multidisciplinary teams. Deals effectively with disagreements and prevents the escalation of conflict.
  • Proven ability to use judgment to resolve complex problems, take initiative, and work with minimal supervision; seeks solutions in congruence with the organization’s objectives and values. Ability to develop and revise procedures and plans to address problems and changing circumstances. Works cooperatively to resolve differences of opinion.
  • Proven contract administration and project management skills and excellent attention to detail, including troubleshooting and resolving complex contractual issues. Demonstrated ability to lead a complex series of project components and deliver projects on time and on budget.
  • Ability to manage a complex portfolio of work while establishing ambitious and challenging goals; demonstrates persistence in overcoming obstacles. Responds to changing priorities due to internal or external pressures resulting in revised schedules and a reallocation of resources.
  • Ability to supervise, coach and guide others while enhancing individual and team effectiveness. Ability to mentor and foster the development of direct reports.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Outlook and Project.
  • Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s Licence.

Our Vision:

Metro Vancouver seeks to achieve what humanity aspires to on a global basis—the highest quality of life embracing cultural vitality, economic prosperity, social justice and compassion, all nurtured in and by a beautiful and healthy natural environment. 

Please follow this link to our Careers page where you can submit your application by December 18, 2018.

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